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Lady teacher burning: Congress holds govt responsible

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 31:

The Congress has held the state government squarely responsible for the plight of the Tikiri lady teacher who is battling for her life in a Visakhapatnam hospital after being set ablaze, saying that the police and administration had ignored her repeated complaints of molestation by a sub-inspector of schools.

The party has demanded criminal proceedings against the government officials and police for their negligence, apathy and failure to prevent the incident despite the teacher lodging complaints repeatedly.

Congress media cell chief and veteran lawyer Narasingh Mishra said the lady teacher at Tikri in Rayagada district had complained to the police, district magistrate, state women’s commission and the education minister since July about sexual harassment by a sub-inspector of schools.

“There is information that the woman had even drawn the attention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to her plight but neither the police nor the administration took any step to provide protection,” Mishra said Wednesday at a press meet here.

Congress veteran Mishra alleged that the victim besides being sexually harassed by Netrananda Dandasena, sub-inspector of schools was also subjected to torture by higher ups in the school where she was teaching as well as by the wife and family members of the accused.

“Nothing can be more unfortunate,” Mishra said accusing chief minister Naveen Patnaik of failing to ensure safety and security of the lady teacher. He demanded immediate steps to book the concerned officials of the police, education department and district administration for not taking proper action to protect her.

School and Mass Education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda while describing the incident as unfortunate called upon the opposition to refrain from politicisation of the issue at a time when the victim was battling for life at a Visakhapatnam hospital. “Whoever is guilty shall be punished and none would be spared,” Nanda said.

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